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Gamlkan Has 35VII

Katrina Attwood (ed.) 2007, ‘Gamli kanóki, Harmsól 35’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 103-4.

Gamli kanókiHarmsól
343536

text and translation

Orð megu vǫnduð verða
víst aldrigi Kristi
— guðs an gǫrvallt œðri
gœzkufyldr — sem skyldi.
Sterk lofar drótt ok dýrkar
dagstalls konung snjallan;
himins es fylkir fremri
fróðr hvívetna góðu.

Orð megu víst aldrigi verða vǫnduð Kristi, sem skyldi; gœzkufyldr guðs œðri an gǫrvallt. Sterk drótt lofar ok dýrkar {snjallan konung {dagstalls}}; {fróðr fylkir himins} es fremri hvívetna góðu.
 
‘Words can surely never be as carefully chosen for Christ as they should be; grace-filled God is higher than everything. The mighty host praises and worships the excellent king of the day-support [SKY/HEAVEN > = God]; the wise king of heaven [= God] is superior to everything that is good.

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Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Gamli kanóki, 2. Harmsól 35: AI, 567, BI, 557, Skald I, 270; Sveinbjörn Egilsson 1844, 24, Kempff 1867, 11, Rydberg 1907, 26, Black 1971, 229, Attwood 1996a, 230.

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